PCDA offers Developmental Screenings for infants and children, birth to 18 years of age. If a parent has a question or concern about their child’s development, our team of child development specialists is available to meet with the family to provide expert answers. Developmental Screenings provide an initial impression where we can provide guidance to parents to support their child’s development, plan for further follow-up if needed, and suggest resources in the community.
The Developmental Screening Team consists of professionals from the following disciplines:
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech and Language Pathology
- Psychology and Counseling
- Other disciplines (as needed)
Prior to the first appointment, the family will be sent any questionnaires needed to help the team get to know the child. On the day of the visit, the family and the child meet with our specialist to discuss concerns, observe the child, and do simple tests with the child; we are interested in knowing about the skills, interests, and challenges the child is facing. Our specialists will help to gather any needed records for review, as well.
A typical Developmental Screening is about 1½ hours. During this time, the child is partially engaged in play with the parent and interacting with a clinician(s). Particular screening measures may be used, depending upon the age of the child and the concern.
By the end of the session, we will provide the parent with our impressions and recommendations. Additionally, a brief written report including the summary and conclusions is provided.
PCDA uses a multidisciplinary, developmental, family-centered approach in all services. With the exception of peer groups, our services actively involve parents or caregivers in every session.